I aimed for a 2014 contemporary renovation with the original 1959 mid-century modern style. Our kitchen renovation blends strong mid-century elements of naturally finished mahogany, oak floors, brick and slate with simple modern warmth of today. The kitchen finishes are simple and sleek but not so sleek as to take away from the modern warmth. A bullseye.
Kitchen Renovation, Yay!
I’m excited. I love design and I love my home. Nesting, decorating, making it a unique and ours kind of a home. So when I had a new kitchen renovation to oversee from blank slate through design to the finish, I was in heaven! A dream fulfilled!
This kitchen renovation was a labor of love and a fantastic creative experience. Our little fixer-upper didn’t have a lot of space so I set about a plan to maximize counter space, cabinet space and pantry space. A small house means all space needs to be used wisely. Double the same in a small kitchen.
Mid-century design relies upon the use of materials and the simple but functional arrangement of space, rather than on more elaborate architectural details. We made it a point to work with the few existing architectural details in a 1959 ranch home. The existing low bulkhead in the back of the kitchen, back hallway and half bath are not conventional but add detail and keep to the home’s original design.
A small but boxy wall oven and big ‘fridge sat across from one another in the galley kitchen. The shelving within the cabinets was not tall enough to house most of what a modern cook uses in the kitchen and there was no pantry. I had baskets on the floor holding tall bottles and boxes that didn’t fit in the small cabinets.
We flipped the location of the sink and dishwasher and gained a much more functional work space as a result of our kitchen renovation.
Our new plan gives me a long stretch of counter prep space. Open shelving making use of some former dead wall space.
The big and boxy and chunky old fridge imposed itself into the space a little too much. The door, when open, swung out into the hallway and the small cabinet overhead was unreachable by shorty little me even with my step-stool. Our remedy was to replace it with a counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and we added a small pantry between it and the opening to the hallway. Feels much more spacious now, not to mention we gained a nice pantry.
There is a corner back door in this house that opens to the driveway and has no relationship to our backyard at all. In the old house I’d open the french doors to listen to the rain or to step right outside to our garden on a nice day. So when I considered putting cabinets or a fixed breakfast bar along the wall where the two windows were and the sliding door is now, I realized that I could bring a bit of what I loved about our family home to this new downsize house.
Late afternoon and evening sun beams brightly into the kitchen and I often watch the spectacular sunsets from the new sliding door that replaced these windows in the former eat-in space. Grandma’s classic old cabinet with its wavy old glass) adds storage, suits my eclectic taste, and best of all, reminds me of her every single day.
We didn’t need two eating spaces anyways. It’s just the two of us and we are only a few more steps past the old kitchen table area to the dining table to eat.
Our entire project is here! A job well done if I don’t say so myself.